Prague Things To Do
One of the most astonishing Gothic bridges still in existence, Charles Bridge dates back to the 14th century and still retains most of its original features. Linking the Old Town with Prague Castle, the bridge is a wonderful vantage point for some of the city's most attractive waterfront architecture. It's a great place for strolls, taking in the buskers, painters and street entertainers, and there are guided tours informing about the bridge's turbulent history.
Resembling a pair of dancers, and dubbed 'The Fred and Ginger Building' by the locals, this modern building was constructed in 1996 and displays daring, curvy outlines, that offer a stark contrast to the city's Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. Featuring glass, concrete and metal, the building has become an architectural icon and makes for a popular photo opportunity.
Located in the city's fortified ramparts, this enchanting cobbled street exudes a quaint fairytale quality, lined with tiny pastel cottages home to artists workshops, craft shops and antique book shops - making it ideal for souvenir shopping.
Prague's flagship museum is the largest and oldest in the Czech Republic, and boasts over 14 million items in its collection. There are exhibits from the natural world, science and history, and the museum itself is set in a monumental neo-renaissance mansion house, itself a work of art.
Old Town Square
Old Town Square has been the focus of central Prague life for over 700 years, and is still a hive of commercial activity, and the host of the city's famous Christmas market. Surrounded by towering church spires, imposing buildings of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque styles and the iconic Astronomical Clock, the square is an ideal place in which to kick back soak up the city life.
Part of the huge Prague Castle complex, this has been the historic seat of a succession of Bohemian princes since the 9th century. Ideal for those looking to discover more about the history of the city, the palace comprises of ornate halls and council rooms, filled with a collection of opulent furnishings and priceless art, and offers an enlightening journey through the ages.
St. George's Basilica
The Basilica is the best preserved Romanesque building in the city, and lies in the grounds of the medieval castle. The final resting place for generations of Bohemia's royal family, the basilica also houses the country's best collection of Baroque Art, and hosts a full programme of classical concerts throughout the year.
The bar and microbrewery, U Fleku, is laid out like a typical German beer hall, and has capacity for 1,200 drinkers. The hall serves just one beverage - its own world famous ale called 'Flek Dark Double Lager', which is brewed on the premises and found nowhere else in the world. Weekends see live music, accordion bands, Polka dancing and occasional cabaret shows.
The perfect start to a walking tour of the city, Wenceslas Square is located in the New Town area of central Prague, with most sights easily accessible from its centre. The heart of modern Prague city life, this lively square is home to the city's most impressive flagship department stores and boutiques, cafes and bars, as well as the monumental National Museum.
Prague has a vibrant, varied cultural scene and an exceptional number of live music venues presenting everything from traditional folk to rock. The city is particularly rewarding for classical music, opera and dance, and you will find all things classical, from major concerts in the National Theatre to intimate recitals in churches. Black Light Theatre and the National Marionette Theatre are popular with visitors, and jazz fans will find outstanding clubs like Reduta, Jazz Club Zelezna, Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club and the Agharta record shop, plus frequent open-air summer concerts.
Some of the most idiosyncratic shops are close to the Old Town Square, and the area around Wenceslas Square is one of the busiest. Mornings are a good time for wandering around open-air markets like Havelska near the Old Town Square, and you can visit shops and emporiums in the Stare Mesto area like Bric a Brac, Starozitnosti Alma, Eduard Capek and the Art Deco Galerie, where you will find everything from toys to handbags. Crystal and Bohemian glass are popular souvenirs as is Czech produce from superb grocery stores.